Australian Journal of French Studies

Émile Leclercq l'insurgé

Australian Journal of French Studies (2014), 51, (1), 35–48.

Abstract

Émile Leclercq's 1858 poem-manifesto "Le Réalisme" effectively introduced Realism to Belgium. Leclercq is the prototypical thesis novelist and social writer. His thirty-odd novels are his powerful instrument to attack the institutions that hindered the nation's social and moral regeneration. Leclercq's major purpose was to develop a critical stance based on observation and analysis, and supported by evidence, notes and reminiscences of the profound social crises that hit Belgium in the second half of the nineteenth century.

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De La Torre Giméanez, Estrella